Lessons From the Lord! The Greatest Birthday Gift!

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Happy Birthday to Me!

Happy Birthday to Me!

 Thirty three was by far the hardest year of them all . I can only stop, right now, and thank God for bringing me through and over every mountain, every trap, and every weapon that formed against me and my family! Throughout this last year I learned some lessons from the Lord.

Here they are: 1. I may have to cry sometime, but the Lord is with me. 2. I’m going to lose love ones, but the Lord is with me. 3. As I travel the dangerous highways,  the Lord is with me. 4. I may be deceived and lied to, but the Lord is with me. 5. I might be misunderstood, but the Lord is with me. 6. Just when I think I can’t make it, the Lord is with me. 7. All hell may break loose, but the Lord is with me. 8. Sickness may stop by, but the Lord is with me. 9. Church folks may lose their mind, but the Lord is with me. 10. When the truth hurts, the Lord is with me. 11.  Transitions may be painful, but the Lord is with me. 12.  Just before throwing in the towels sit and be still, the Lord is with me. 13. Keep on dreaming, the Lord is with me. 14. Man may do whatever he pleases, but the Lord is with me. 15. When I don’t fit in the box, don’t let anyone try to keep me in, the Lord is with me. 16. When moments come savor them, the Lord is with me. 17. Love even when love hurts, because the Lord is with me. 18. Embrace obstacles, trials, and tests. They just mean the Lord is with me. 19.  Let the voice of the Lord be the only voice I hear, for He is with me. 20. Pay more attention to a teaching child, for the Lord is with me. 21. Success is not where I go, what I have, and who I am. Success is when the Lord is with me. 22.  My first ministry is with my family. Period the end. Even in this ministry the Lord is with me. 23. Today is living.Yesterday has gone. Tomorrow is not promised. Today is when God is with me. 24. I may feel all alone, but God is with me 25.  Fear may try to take me out, but the Lord is with me. The greatest lessons can be summed up in the Word of God….. I learned

Psalms 23:1-6 NKJV

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. These my friends are priceless gifts.

Counting it All

Joy,

Rev.Lucas

Bitter or Sweet

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12_bittersweetI’ve been seeking my Father for revelation on the root cause of certain symptoms in my body.  Just like the woman with the issue of blood, I’ve gone from doctor to doctor, specialist to specialist, and from person to person for healing and relief of pain.  Although I’ve been praying the entire time for God to relieve, deliver, and heal my physical pain, it wasn’t until a few days ago that I realize I had been praying the wrong prayer.  The prayer I needed to be praying was “Lord, heal me from my spiritual pain.”  Life’s challenges, trials, and difficulties had left an open wound in me. From that very wound, the enemy gain access to plant little seeds of bitterness.  These seeds had been watered, fertilized, and left to grow in to a bitter root that had not be treated or uprooted. One seed of rejection produced a bitter fruit that left a bad taste in my spirit, an imprint on my mind, and from what the Lord shared, had now spread its roots into my physical body.  Are you having unexplained physical pain that no medical team can diagnose?  You may be suffering from an illness called bitterness. Hurt from someone or life’s circumstances that have wounded you deeply.  When someone or something has deeply wounded you, if not treated, it can lead to a sneaky disease called bitterness.  It hides behind the smile.  It creeps into your relationships and before you know it your entire system is poisoned with unforgiveness, resentment, and anger.  Bitterness can be a root cause to so many of your ailments.  What I learned about bitterness is, it attacks its victim and can cause your thoughts, your relationships, and your soul to be disease. Although there is a cure, treatment cannot take place until one admits he as been contaminated.  How was I healed? How was I delivered? It wasn’t until I admitted  that although I had been truly hurt, I was now the one in the wrong.  I confessed my sin, asked God to forgive me, and help me to forgive others. Seeking God for what is growing in the inside of you will boost growth on the outside of you.  You will grow! Your relationships will grow!   Ephesians 4:31 tells us Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice.  Bitterness is so subtle but it has no power over the power you have in forgiveness!  Forgive yourself. Forgive your situation and forgive those that have wronged you.  Only then, will your bitter become sweet!

 

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas

Google Maps has Nothing on This!

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God's PlansRecently, I’ve been forced to stop, drop, and roll up to the Lord’s table not to take in and distribute to others, but to sit, dine, and rest with Him for myself.  IT HAS BEEN AN EMOTIONAL TUG A WAR and I’ve needed the Lord to speak to my circumstances and give some kind of understanding about all the chaos around me.

In my quiet place, He led me to Psalm 32:8 where He says, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Immediately, I realized that I had been guilty of going in the wrong direction because I let everyone have an influence on the path I should take when ONLY GOD should have been my navigator.  It was a simple reminder that no one can be my G-Map but God.  Google maps is wonderful, convenient, and a resource, but one thing it is not is reliable.  It has led me down the wrong path many times, sending me to places that have dead ends, sending me to places that no longer exist, and even having me to go the long way when a more accurate route was available.  It is in essence like people in our lives we call on for direction, for an answer, and for confirmation.  Family, friends, mentors, pastors, preachers, and teachers are wonderful, convenient, and resourceful; but they are not God.

God said to me, “I counted the number of the stars, and gave them their names.” Psalm 147:4-5.  “Before I formed you in the womb i knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11  My Word shall be a lamp to your feet!

Your destiny does not have an address you can just type in and get a detail route on how to get there.  You have to remember the G-Map (God Made a Promise).  If the directions given to you by people are not adding up to the promises of God, you need to dismiss them.  In order to know the promises you have to know THE WORD of God.  Knowing THE WORD of GOD takes some quality time in which you must set aside and plan to eat, chew, and digest on.

In His word He teaches me. He protects me.  He is my sun and my shield. He’s me refuge.  He is my shelter from the storm. All while blocking the plots and schemes of my enemies. As I was headed in the wrong direction, God did something Google Maps won’t do.  He turned me around, put me on solid ground, redeemed my lost time, and pointed me in the right direction.  Google Maps has nothing on this!  What God has for you is for you!  Keep seeking.  Keep listening and keep following the directions of the Lord!

 

Counting it All Joy,

Rev. Lucas